LAWMA gives deadline to obtain waste bins

By Genesis Eririoma

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, at a Media parley in Lagos recently revealed that the Lagos State Wastes Management Authority (LAWMA) has given Lagosians up till the 1st of January, 2023 to acquire refuse bins in their homes or face the full wrath of the law for non-compliance.

He added that residents may also pay 50 percent more for the disposal of their refuse.

According to him, residents would be made to acquire the bins as from October 1 this year but was quick to point out, that a three months grace would be given to the residents with a view to complying with the directive.

He said that the grace would be to allow for total adherence to the detective, adding that after the expiration of the three months grace, those who fail to comply with the directive would be prosecuted as from the 1st of January, 2023.

Also speaking on a number of other issues, he lamented that the high cost of diesel was grossly affecting their operations noting that this development equally slowed down its schedule of work.

According to him, the state government has been magnanimous in cushioning the effect of this by providing subsidies to allow for efficient and effective operations by LAWMA.

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He further noted that with the influx of people into the state on a daily basis, the waste being generated has risen to about 13,000 metric tonnes daily.

According to him, efforts are at top gear in ensuring that the backlog of wastes in the state were cleared, adding that with the night operations being undertaken by its personnel, the state would be rid of refuse.

He pointed out that the PSP operators were doing all they could in ensuring that their trucks evacuate waste without much ado.

He said that its personnel move waste at night between 11 pm and 4 am daily just to ensure that the avalanche of refuse are cleared.

He was however, quick to add, that when some areas are cleared during the night operations, some people who operate early morning markets would generate another round of waste making it look like nothing happened earlier

The President of the Association of Wastes Managers (AWAM), Mr David Oriyomi, in his remark, commended the MD of LAWMA and his team for their concerted effort at seeing that wastes were evacuated in the state.

While frowning at the high cost of diesel which he said was seriously affecting their operations, he appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid by bringing its cost down so that they can function properly and efficiently.

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